Shimla: Tourist spots near Shimla and Manali on Tuesday morning saw mild spells of snowfall as cold wave conditions intensify in Himachal Pradesh.

Tourist spots near Shimla, like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced snowfall, triggering a rush of tourists there. The Himachal government has stopped movement of vehicles on Kufri - Narkanda and Hindustan-Tibet road.

Likewise, the Solang ski slopes, located just 13 km uphill from Manali, saw snow turning the hill station more picturesque. But the popular tourist destinations of Shimla and Manali experienced only snowflakes, which melted soon.

A met official said there were reports of moderate snowfall in higher reaches of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla and Chamba districts.

Lower areas of the state including Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Chamba and Mandi received moderate rain, bringing the temperature down considerably. The snow in Shimla has brought smiles to the faces of the hotel owners.

"This weekend we are likely to see spike in footfall of tourists in Shimla and nearby destinations," said DP Bhatia, general manager of Clarke's Hotel.

The temperature plummeted in the state with Shimla recording a minimum temperature of 3.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, down from Monday's 4.3 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Keylong, the state's coldest place, was 2.9 degrees Celsius below the freezing point.

Kalpa saw a low of minus 1.2 degrees, while the temperature was two degrees in Manali.

"There are chances of heavy rain and snowfall in middle and high hills across the state Dec 13 and 14," an official at the meteorological office said.

With this snowfall, people in north India are also feeling the brunt of winter. According to Meteorological Department, next week, the north India will feel the cold waves as the temperature has suddenly dropped with the snowfall. Citizens in the national capital have already started using their woolens to counter this cold and chilly weather.

(JPN/Agencies)

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